Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan join protests for Cauvery water


Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan join protests for Cauvery water

It also criticised three centre for not approaching it by March 31 deadline if it had difficulties.

The Supreme Court on Monday told the central government to comply with its directive within "six weeks", rejecting its plea for deferring the formation of a Cauvery water management board by three months till the upcoming elections in Karnataka were over.

Tamil Nadu has seen political temperatures rise over the sensitive issue of river water sharing, with most political parties and farmers' associations holding protests against the delay in implementing the river water sharing solution. "They must maintain peace so that the court can put its final stamp on it", the CJI said.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had said that it would hear the Cauvery water distribution issue on May 3 and asked the centre to file a draft scheme on the same day.

Pulling up the Centre for failing to form the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) within the six-week deadline given to it, the apex court asked why the NDA government brought its questions and doubts over the 16 February judgment at the last moment.

The Tamil film industry, toplined by actor-politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, observed a silent protest on Sunday to demand the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board amid calls for organisers to stop Indian Premier League games in Chennai.

On this, the bench said, "The tribunal's order has now got merged with our judgement".

"The Central government must show its bonafide that it wishes to frame the scheme and distribute the water", it said.

He was quite furious and said that we shouldn't involve sports and sports persons with it. Nadigar Sangam president Nasser, who led the protest Valluvar Kottam, said the film industry also wanted the Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin to be shut down. The Board will be an independent body which will regulate the flow of Cauvery water released to the states. The court also asked for Centre's clarification on Feb 16 verdict. "When the scheme comes into effect, it will become binding", the CJI said. It also directed the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement on water dispute.

Appearing for Tamil Nadu, senior counsel Shekhar Naphade told the court that "your order was so clear that even a person having an elementary knowledge of English could understand it". The CJI agreed to this.

But, the use of the word "scheme" has left room open for interpretation.



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